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NIPPO VINI FANTINI EUROPA OVINI: SEASONAL POKER OF EDUARD GROSU. HE IS THE WINNER OF THE THIRD STAGE OF TOUR OF QINGHAI LAKE AND LEADER OF THE GENERAL RANKING.

The #OrangeBlue sprinter, with his brand new jersey of Rumanian National Champion, won the third stage of Qinghai Lake, reaching also the leadership of the General Ranking. In a competitive stage with 25 km of climb to make selection the good work of the teammates has been crucial to reach the victory and the top of the ranking.

Eduard Grosu is the winner of the third stage and the new general ranking leader of the Tour of Qinghai Lake. Not an easy race with 25km of climb in the middle of the stage and a big team-work made by the #OrangeBlue riders to help his sprinter to play for the final sprint. It is the 4th seasonal success for Eduard Grosu, after the victory of one stage in Tour of Croatia (2.HC category such as the TDQL) and double victory at the National Championship, both on the road and time trial.

THE STAGE.

Waiting for the big climbs of this Tour of Qinghai Lake it is yet time for some climb during the stage, one in particular way an Hors Category GPM of 25km to split the group in many different parts. The young Japanese rider Hiroki Nishimura is the teammate that remains with Eduard Grosu in the hard climb, helping him to reach just at the top the third group with 2 minutes of distance from the leaders. From that moment it’s Grosu showtime. After a very good and technical descent he reached the second group, around 45 seconds behind the leaders, finding others good teammates with him such as Masakazu Ito, Hideto Nakane and JJ Lobato that helps him to close on the first breakaway. Then it is time to sprint, with JJ Lobato and Eduard Grosu as main actors in the battle with Luca Pacioni of Wilier Triestina. Today is the Rumanian National Champion to win, now leading also the general ranking.

Final 4th place in the stage also for JJ Lobato, while Hideto Nakane is now 11th in the General Ranking a very good position looking forward to the hardest stages.

THE DECLARATION.

“One very hard stage today for me” declared Eduard Grosu “where my very good condition and my teammates have been very important. Today I was feeling good winning the final sprint and now leading also the general ranking. Tomorrow we will have again to suffer with 30km of climb, but then again a descent and flat final. We will try to resist, stay with leaders to maintain the jersey. Today I have to thanks my teammates, they had a crucial role in my success. First of all Nishimura, then Ito, Nakane and also Lobato they all made a fantastic job for me and for the team.”

Yes, cycling it is a team-sport.

TOUR OF QINGHAI LAKE – CLASSIFICA TERZA TAPPA.

1 – Eduard Grosu – NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini

2 – Luca Pacioni – Wilier Triestina

3 – Meron Abraham Bike Aid

4 – Juan Josè Lobato NIPPO – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini
5 PACHÓN Oscar Mauricio China Continental Team of Gansu Bank
6 KONONENKO Mykhaylo Beijing XDS – Innova Cycling Team
7 KASPERKIEWICZ Przemysław Delko Marseille Provence KTM
8 MONSALVE Yonathan Qinghai Tianyoude Cycling Team
9 DE JONGE Maarten Monkey Town Continental Team
10 VILLEGAS Juan Pablo Manzana Postobon

TOUR OF QINGHAI LAKE – CLASSIFICA GENERALE

1 – Eduard Grosu – NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini

2 – PACIONI Luca Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia 0:03
3 – KAMYSHEV Arman Vino – Astana Motors 0:07
4 – ABRAHAM Meron Bike Aid 0:09
5 – BOZIC Jon Adria Mobil 0:10
6 – OKUBAMARIAM Tesfom Interpro Stradalli Cycling 0:11
7 – KONONENKO Mykhaylo Beijing XDS – Innova Cycling Team 0:13
8 – DE JONGE Maarten Monkey Town Continental Team ,,
9 – BOHÓRQUEZ Hernando Manzana Postobon ,,
10 – SOKOLOV Nikita Vino – Astana Motors ,,
11 – NAKANE Hideto Nippo – Vini Fantini – Europa Ovini